Social Development

In keeping with our motto of “growing innovative business”, Biggestleaf has begun working with social development projects in Cape Town’s townships, offering valuable support to young South African innovators, entrepreneurs and gamechangers who share our passion, ambition and integrity.

With Biggestleaf Social Development, we aim to build sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships that give us the valuable opportunity to empower fellow South Africans by sharing our considerable expertize in tourism, media, and online marketing with some of the country’s bright young minds, whilst also constantly learning from them, so that we can move Cape Town and South Africa forward together.

The services that we can currently provide for our social development partners include website development, online marketing strategy and consultation, highly professional promotional films and photography and quality written content and articles about their respective projects. We can also help social businesses to network in their industry, we can consult with them on possible company strategies, and we can offer guidance with regards to building a successful business.

If you are an enthusiastic social entrepreneur looking for a little extra support, get in touch to find out more. We are always looking to connect and form relationships with individuals and businesses with vision and a strong social conscience.

Below are our first social development partners, an outline of their inspiring projects, and an insight into how Biggestleaf is helping them — and therefore South Africa — to grow.

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Current Projects

Sporting Code

Sporting Code was founded in March 2015 by Buntu Matole and Ayanda Cuba, who are both former alumni of the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development.

Sporting Code creates and organizes educational outings, sports tournaments and coaching clinics across Khayelithsa and beyond to help communities connect through sports, with a view to reducing social ills and encouraging residents to lead healthier, happier lives.

Sporting Code recently started a campaign to build a brand new sports complex on a currently derelict sports field adjoining Chumisa Primary School in Khayelithsa, where Buntu himself was a pupil. They believe that this will make a significant contribution to the lives of children at the school, as well as to other schools and sports clubs in the area, and the Khayelitsha community as a whole.

Biggestleaf’s media team helped Sporting Code to make a promotional video for their fundraising campaign for the new complex, built their website and will continue writing about their projects for various media publications. Biggestleaf also sponsored one of Sporting Code’s tournaments.

We share Buntu and Ayanda’s belief in the power that sport can have in building a better society and growing the next generation of leaders. We look forward to continuing to build our relationship with Sporting Code.

18 Gangster Museum

Gangsterism is a devastating problem in Cape Town’s townships and disadvantaged communities, with children as young as 12 being lured into gangs and a life of crime. But the 18 Gangster Museum concept aims to demystify the lifestyle through immersive and educational exhibitions and “gangster tours”.

18 Gangster Museum was started by three young social entrepreneurs from Khayelitsha, Wandisile Nqeketho, Siyabulela Daweti and Athenkosi Mongo, all of whom are also products of The Raymond Ackerman Academy.

18 Gangster Museum’s exhibitions are curated by ex-offenders, while these former gang members also lead visitors on “gangster tours’ through the townships they live in. This not only gives a vivid first-person view of the detrimental effect that gangsterism can have on people’s lives, but also provides a way for ex-gangsters to be rehabilitated, gain meaningful employment and give something back to their communities.

Biggestleaf is helping 18 Gangster Museum by making promotional videos, taking pictures and writing articles about their museum exhibitions and tours. We also co-sponsored a recent workshop and screening for Khayelitsha school learners. And are in the process of helping 18 Gangster Museum to develop their website.

We see that 18 Gangster Museum is trying to tackle an increasingly prevalent issue at its roots, and we share their belief in tourism as a powerful means of education and empowerment. We look forward to being a part of the change with them.

Oasis

Based in Phillipi, Oasis is a long-standing NGO that runs a range of sports development programmes. Oasis creates a platform for both youth and adults from marginalised communities and difficult backgrounds, offering them valuable educational and life skills opportunities.

Among other initiatives, Oasis has its own mobile street soccer field that it takes into a number of the most gang-afflicted areas of Cape Town, using ex-gangsters who have previously been through Oasis’ programmes and are now on their coaching staff to show youth in these areas that there is another way. Oasis also selects and coaches the South African team for the annual Homeless World Cup.

Biggestleaf has been working with Oasis to help it make its excellent work more visible and financially self-sustainable. We have provided business consultation and completed a promotional video about some of the primary aspects of Oasis’ excellent work. Over the course of 2017, we will also be looking to help Oasis restructure its website and social media strategy.

On a personal level, we at Biggestleaf share a belief in the power of sport to change lives, and we look forward to growing our relationship with Oasis in a way that helps them to continue doing just that.

Ikhaya le Langa

Ikhaya Le Langa is a not-for-profit organization that looks to revitalize a historic and long-neglected section of Cape Town’s oldest black township, Langa, and make it cleaner, greener and safer.

Through the development of a so-called social enterprise precinct dubbed the Langa Quarter, Ikhaya Le Langa aims to create hundreds of job and business opportunities through tourism, whilst also making a considerable contribution the redevelopment of the broader Langa neighbourhood. Ikhaya Le Langa envisions that the Langa Quarter will one day be to Cape Town what the French Quarter is to New Orleans: a celebrated hub of urban creativity, culture and design.

Early in 2016, Biggestleaf’s media team put together a promotional video for Ikhaya Le Langa about it’s annual Uplifting Langa Through Reachable Art (ULTRA) Street Art Competition. In the coming months, Biggestleaf will also be working closely with Ikhaya Le Langa in the development of a new and innovative media, graphic design and advertising coworking studio based in the Langa Quarter.

We share Ikhaya Le Langa’s belief in the power of tourism-based job creation to drive change and challenge longstanding negative narratives of Cape Town’s townships.

Monde Sitole Foundation

Monde Sitole is an inspiring young entrepreneur, adventurer, alpinist and youth leader. Among countless other achievements, he has summited Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro twice, and has also conquered Europe’s Mont Blanc and Alaska’s Mount Denali. Monde has started an adventure club in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, which sees him take at-risk youngsters out of the township and give them life lessons in natural settings. Soon, he hopes to take a team of young women from Khayelitsha to the summit of Kilimanjaro with him.

Creating a better future for South Africa’s youth is of the utmost importance to Monde, who is a Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School, and this is central to the vision of his foundation and the multi-faceted and innovative educational work that falls under its umbrella.

Here at Biggestleaf, we have helped Monde to continue expanding his already considerable reach by creating a website that showcases and curates all of his incredible work and the media coverage it has received, and we also hope to build an enduring partnership that will continue into numerous other forthcoming projects that Monde has up his sleeve.

We are also working on a promotional video about Monde’s work.

Like Monde, we have unshakeable faith in the potential of South Africa’s youth to achieve great things, and are happy to play our part in laying the foundations for them to excel.